Ground Zeroes Price Cuts

March 22, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - 2 Comments


There has been some controversy over Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, mainly due to its short length, its function as a prologue to the upcoming The Phantom Pain, and (perhaps most important of all) its price, which numerous players consider too high for the game’s length and content.

Well, it’s already seeing price cuts, even though it’s been out for less than a week. Sony cut the price of the digital PS4 version from £29.99 to £24.99, and retailers across Japan have given it a variety of discounts. This suggests fans’ displeasure over the game resulted in lower sales, although we have yet to hear any definite numbers.

How do you feel about Ground Zeroes? Is it worth its price?

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Ground Zeroes is Now Out!

March 18, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes released today for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. While a game in its own right, Ground Zeroes also functions as a short prologue to the upcoming MGS V: The Phantom Pain. Preorders of Ground Zeroes and purchases for a limited amount of time will get additional content for the Mother Base in The Phantom Pain.

Have you picked up Ground Zeroes or are you planning to? Share your thoughts and reactions with us.

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2015 for MGS V: The Phantom Pain?

March 17, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will first appear in stores tomorrow, March 18. It functions as a prologue to the upcoming MGS V: The Phantom Pain, which fans are very excited for. We still don’t have a release date for The Phantom Pain, but Konami’s site hints that it might be sometime in early 2015.

Preorders of Ground Zeroes come with bonus content for The Phantom Pain’s Mother Base feature. Reddit user Hitzkolpf discovered that if you register the code for the bonus content with Konami, the following message is displayed:

MGS V release day hint

So the registered DLC will be available in “Early 2015”? That’s a pretty good indication of when we’ll see The Phantom Pain. Of course, it isn’t an official announcement, and plans could change. We’ll keep you updated.

Are you looking forward to Ground Zeroes and/or The Phantom Pain?

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Ground Zeroes PS4 Bundle for Japan

February 17, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


This weekend, the PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan for the first time, but Japanese gamers who wait just a little longer will be able to pick up a limited edition Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PS4 on March 20.

The PS4 x Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Fox Edition, as it is officially called, is a normal PS4 console, but it is marked with a laser etched, golden FOX emblem alongside the game’s logo. The console is bundled with a DualShock 4 controller and a copy of Ground Zeroes. The bundle is priced at 46,980 yen, which comes out to approximately $462. (A regular PS4 costs 41,979 yen, or the equivalent of about $413.)

Hideo Kojima shared pictures of the console, as well as three sample versions of the logo, on Twitter, and apologized for the short notice.

Take a look, and tell us what you think. As limited edition consoles go, this one isn’t the most impressive we’ve seen, but MGS fans might love this. There’s no word yet on this bundle coming to the west, but if there was, would you want it?

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Comparison Shots Released for MGS V: Ground Zeroes

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If you’ve been waiting to see some comparison screenshots before deciding which console to buy Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for, you’re in luck—we’ve got some for you today.

Konami released shots from the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One versions of the game. There are two separate comparisons, one of a daytime mission and one of a nighttime mission.

In addition to providing the screenshots, Konami also announced that the game will run on the PS4 at 1080 p and 60fps, on the Xbox One at 720p and 60 fps, and on the PS3/Xbox 360 at 720p (scaling internally) and 30 fps. Hideo Kojima said the focus on resolution and frame rate “makes little sense” to him, but he released the information because it clearly mattered to many players.

Xbox One


Playstation 4


He mentioned that the increased frame rate on the PS4 and Xbox One makes it hard to return to the old generation consoles after seeing it, but that the FOX Engine was created to make open-world games run smoothly on older consoles.

You can check out the screenshots to see the comparisons for yourself. Dualshockers went a step further and combined the comparisons into animated GIFs, so you can see one switch to the other. Check them out and let us know what you think. Konami plans to release a video comparing the game across platforms, as well. We’ll keep you updated.

A limited edition Ground Zeroes PS4 console bundle was also announced, although currently it’s exclusive to Japan.

We aren’t surprised at all to see that this has caused even more controversy over the Xbox One’s difficulty with running games at 1080p and 60 fps. Some Reddit users have taken to joking that the 1080p vs. 720p issue is the real reason Microsoft didn’t name its new console the Xbox 720. Where do you fall on this issue? Will the resolution help determine which version you buy, or do you find the controversy as puzzling as Kojima does?

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Kojima and Game Informer Agree Ground Zeroes Looks Better on PS4

February 5, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Game Informer previewed the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes for the March issue of their magazine, and they delivered a lot of praise to its graphics. The lighting effects were only one of the visual elements they considered to be impressive.

They also said it “looks slightly better on the PS4 compared to the Xbox One,” and according to them, Hideo Kojima himself said the same thing. They didn’t give any specifics on why the one looks better than the other, and since Konami has not given out any resolution or frame rate data, we don’t have any specific facts on the matter.

Still, this is starting to sound like a trend. We’ve already covered several stories about games performing and looking better on the PS4. So far, the differences have been minimal, but all the same, it looks like Microsoft is coming in second on multiplatform games.

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Just How Long is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes?

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the prequel/prologue to The Phantom Pain, is on its way out in March for both PS4 and Xbox One, and there seems to be a bit of confusion about just how long it is.

Game Informer previewed Ground Zeroes in the March edition of their magazine and said the main campaign can be completed in two hours. They did add that the side content and extra missions adds more value to the experience, but a two hour main campaign sounds a bit weak for a game priced at $40 for the Xbox One/PS4 physical versions. (The downloadable Xbox 360/PS3 version costs $20, and the downloadable Xbox One/PS4 version costs $30.)

However, Ayako, Hideo Kojima’s assistant, told OnlySP that the rumors of the game being only 2-5 hours long are not true.

Previously, Kojima had said Ground Zeroes contained multiple open-world environments. It has multiple missions, as well as collectibles to find. Today, Kojima also tweeted a picture of a member of the press finishing the main mission.

So how long is Ground Zeroes? With one source saying the main campaign is less than two hours long and another saying the report of 2-5 hours long is false, we can’t be sure yet. We’ll let you know if any more definite information comes to light.

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